Reflection: Anthony Joshua Defeats Joseph Parker In Frustrating Showing By Referee

Reflection: Anthony Joshua Defeats Joseph Parker In Frustrating Showing By Referee

Reflection: Anthony Joshua Defeats Joseph Parker In Frustrating Showing By Referee

Joshua's desire to fight on UK soil remained after his latest victory - although he could be tempted to the United States by a big offer.

In the days and weeks leading up to the historic fight, Joshua frequently mentioned how he "could not afford" to lose - and as a final reminder, before making his third stadium ring walk in less than a year, he took in a fight considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sporting history.

Over 300 illegal streams were detected for the heavyweight title unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker. I think Wilder would come over here [to the UK] because in the world we live in, in boxing, the couple of million dollars Wilder is now getting for a fight is pretty small fry in comparison to the rewards that await him for a Joshua fight.

"We want to make it public that Deontay wants the fight, and we are prepared to come over, or meet here and get the deal done".

Parker said he learned a lot from his bout with Joshua and vowed to come back stronger with discussions scheduled to take place in the next fortnight on where, when and who the Kiwi fighter would fight next.

Most of the boxing world expected fireworks between the two undefeated belt holders, but instead got a fight with little action which was partly the fault of referee Giuseppe Quartarone who continually broke off the action, preventing Joshua and Parker from engaging.

Joshua's rise has breathed new life into the heavyweight division. A unification between Wilder and Joshua would push the mandatories back.

'Thanks, Anthony. I can't wait to meet you in the ring'.

Joshua Parker said he wanted a war, but it was all about boxing finesse. Not in terms of the result because to get a result we need a fight where fighters are allowed to work, we didn't get that as a spectacle.

Wilder has won all 40 of his professional fights.

Joshua didn't impress against Joseph Parker.

Per Sky Sports' James Dielhenn, Russia's Alexander Povetkin is the mandatory challenger to Joshua's WBA belt, and a bout between the pair is likely to be forced soon. It is the fight which the world wants to see outside of an all British clash between Joshua & Tyson Fury, that particular fight could very well be the most lucrative all British contest and one of the most lucrative in global boxing.

Related news